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Twister in the sky


I love my 7th grade Spanish classes!  I teach using TPRS (teaching proficiency through reading and story-telling).  For those unfamiliar, this involves highlighting the stuctures/vocabulary that you want kids to acquire by repeating and recycling them with interesting (and often ridiculous) details that the kids come up with themselves.  Almost all of the words used are already known so that brains are available to acquire the new structures that are the focus of the lesson.  After facts are added to the story, hundreds of questions are asked using the structures.  After the kids are very familiar with the story aurally, they read a similar story using the same structures and vocabulary.

Last week the kids bounced right back from all of that turkey and mashed potatoes by coming up with the following story.  (Their story was in Spanish, of course!) “Jesús,” the main character, is a student in the class.  While he came up with some of the details, it was truly a group effort, and everyone in the class was bursting with energy to contribute.  At the end of the first day of story-telling, Jesús himself came up to me, beaming, and said, “Can I get my own copy of this?”  When I replied, “Yes, the whole class will get a copy!”, his smile almost leaped off of his face.  “Sweet!”

I agree.  Sweet.

Can you guess what structure we were working on?

There is a boy who is named Jesús.    He is tall, blond, very smart, and funny.
Jesús plays Twister everyday.
With whom does he play Twister?  Jesús plays Twister alone, without friends, because Jesús is a good Twister-player and his friends are bad Twister-players.  So, Jesús doesn’t like to play Twister with his friends.  He only likes to play twister alone, without friends.  Jesús is a really good Twister-player!
¿When does Jesús play Twister?  He doesn’t play during the day!  He plays Twister at night.  Jesús plays Twister at night, every night.  He plays on Mondays, he plays on Tuesdays, he plays on Wednesdays, he plays on Thursdays, he plays on Fridays, he plays on Saturdays, and he plays on Sundays.  At night.  Every night.
For how long?  Jesús doesn’t play for one or two hours.  He plays Twister for 10 hours every night!
Does Jesús play Twister in his house?  No, no, no! Jesús doesn’t play Twister in his house. Where does he play?   He plays Twister in the sky.  It’s incredible!
How is it possible to play Twister in the sky?
Jesús says, << I play Twister in the sky with my magic Twister board that floats. It’s incredible!  I am an incredible Twister-player.”

3 Comments leave one →
  1. 12/07/2010 8:39 pm

    What kids can do? I wonder, have you tired creating digital stories with them?

  2. 12/07/2010 11:35 pm

    I’m loving the pictures I’m getting in my head about Jesus and Twister in the sky! Thanks!

  3. Wanda Brown permalink
    12/09/2010 4:24 am

    I love this activity. This is very much the way we teach reading in first grade. There is much opportunity to use words over and over again so them become imprinted on the brain.

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